Representatives of Germany, France and the United States discussed the issue of deploying a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, according to the official representative of the German Foreign Ministry Martin Schaefer.
Reportedly, the parties agreed that the presence of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas may become a real solution to the conflict.
"We'll see what will be presented in New York City. The question of the nationality of participants in the peacekeeping mission is open," Schaefer said.
At the same time, he specified that it is unacceptable for the United Nations to involve separatists in the negotiation process on peacekeeping activities in the Donbas.
"Indeed, it is inappropriate to talk only about the contact line, because the separatists are hampering the OSCE SMM's access throughout the eastern part of Ukraine, and not only along the contact line,” the representative of the German Foreign Ministry said.
Previously QHA reported that September 5 the Russian President Vladimir Putin said that the presence of UN peacekeepers in the Donbas would facilitate resolution of the conflict in the southeast of Ukraine, and instructed the Russian Foreign Ministry to submit the draft resolution to the UN Security Council for consideration.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine criticized Putin’s statement, saying that the words of the Russian president testify to Russia's next attempt as a party to the conflict to present its aggression as an internal Ukrainian conflict and distort the very idea of conducting a peacekeeping operation, which in that case will not serve the main goal of establishing peace in the Donbas and restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine.
The President of Ukraine, in turn, stated that the introduction of a peacekeeping mission in the Donbas should aim not at the freezing the issue of Russian occupation and legalization of Russia's presence in the Luhansk and Donetsk regions, but in ensuring a lasting peace in certain regions and the full restoration of the territorial integrity of Ukraine. Moreover, the UN mission should be deployed throughout the temporarily occupied territory, including an uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian border.